The Master of Engineering Leadership (MEL) in High-Performance Buildings offers a bold and integrated approach to professional graduate education in engineering and architecture. Sixty per cent of the courses you’ll take are technical in nature and offered through the UBC Faculty of Applied Science. The remaining 40 per cent are business courses offered through UBC Sauder School of Business.
Many courses use a flipped classroom format. This means you are expected to independently review course content ahead of classroom time through assigned readings and lecture videos. The classes themselves are then an opportunity for engaged learning – discussing and applying what you’ve learned through case studies, group project work, experiments and demonstrations.
Winter term: January to April
HPB 501: Green Building Contemporary Practice
This course provides an overview of green contemporary building design, including indoor environments, waste water systems, energy systems and lighting to achieve enhanced building environmental performance and integrate green building principles, strategies and technologies.
HPB 504/MECH 473: Building Energy Systems and the Indoor Environment
The indoor environment is determined by the outdoor conditions, building envelope, and the “machinery” inside the building. The course will focus on this “machinery” which is the heart of building systems. You will learn about heating and cooling load estimation, heating and cooling systems using solar, electrical and fossil energy, air, water and refrigerant distribution systems and energy storage.
APPP 503: Organizational Leadership
Understand the behaviour of people and groups and how this applies to management and leadership within professional organizations. This course explores motivation, group dynamics, organizational structure, leadership styles and tools for assessing organizational effectiveness. The course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
BA 580B: Strategy & Innovation
This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations. Strategic management involves analysis, planning and execution of initiatives that achieve objectives in support of organizational goals. Innovation generally involves the development of revolutionary new or evolutionary improvements to existing ideas, methods, products, services, or combinations thereof that are adopted. The course will also consider the changing nature of organizational strategy and innovation in an environment of increasing globalization, digitization and automation. Entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship will be recurring themes throughout the course. The course will emphasize actionable lessons and models that students, regardless of their professional or academic backgrounds, can apply in practice to create tangible and valuable outcomes across organizational types, growth stages, and industries.
APPP 505: Analytics & Interpretation for Applied Sciences
Professionals who can manage analytics and “big data” are highly sought after by companies across the world. This course will provide students with the opportunity to identify, interpret and utilize key analytics from real-world data sets. Graduates will feel comfortable with the latest data collection methods, measurement and presentation tools, be able to interpret data and identify trends, and understand the role of big data and predictive analytics across several different industries.
Summer term: May to August
HPB 503: Whole Building Modelling and Simulation
This course explores modelling energy in a high-performance building, taking into account indoor space requirements, heat and mass transfer through building envelopes, climate as well as fenestration, daylighting and solar energy. The course covers major energy models in a context of low and net zero building design.
HPB 505: Capstone I – Greening an Existing Building
Students will analyze the performance and design data of an existing building and propose design changes to improve performance, considering the real priorities of the client, a building owner or operator.
APPP 504: Business Acumen for Technical Leaders
An asset to the aspiring technical leader, business acumen is knowing how business works and applying that knowledge with the goal of business improvement. This course offers an elevated perspective of how technical skills contribute to building value in a business. The course immerses aspiring technical leaders in the practical application of core business skills and the development of six core business competencies, which are presented as modules: Managerial Accounting, Strategy and Performance, Market Evaluation, Operations Management, Negotiations and Contract Management and Business-Case Building and Valuation. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.
Fall term: September to December
HPB 502: Regenerative Development
The class looks at the relationship between human and natural systems in the context of regenerative design, providing an understanding of how regenerative approaches go beyond green design and how they can offer new insights and directions for design. The class also examines community energy systems and different ways to measure success.
HPB 506: Capstone Project II – New Building Design
Students will take a building that is under design and work with the designers to develop a high-performance energy system that meets energy-performance objectives.
UBC Sauder School of Business Courses
Students can choose a UBC Sauder Business Course to gain greater exposure to a particular area of interest. Options include (subject to change):
BA580B – 201: Strategy & Innovation
This course provides an introduction to the principles and frameworks of strategic management, as well as concepts surrounding the creation or expansion of innovation capabilities, within organizations.
BASC 550: Operations and Logistics
This course will introduce students to the key concepts and tools needed to understand and effectively manage supply chains and business operations in general. A key concept in this course is the “business process”, and managing and improving such processes.
BAMA 505-001: Business Development
This course uses the Business Development = Sales = Essential skill for business people = everyone today is in the business of selling thinking. This course is focused on the learning of foundational skills with the intention of enabling students to create better and more successful selling encounters in whatever career they pursue.
APPP 502: Sustainability & Leadership
This course helps students build skills to lead change that influences the triple bottom line and explores concepts related to sustainability, change agency systems thinking, awareness and perspective for engagement and communication, adaptive leadership, and change dynamics. It also incorporates case studies in organizational and social change. This course is collaboratively delivered with the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration.